There are a number of factors that have the ability to make or break a move. When going through a cross-country relocation, you can’t control many aspects of your move in terms of logistics and timing, but there are a few things you can do in order to mitigate stress and aggravation in the process.
There are many ways you can reduce the amount of stress felt when moving. A lot goes into preparing for a big move—packing, finding boxes, decorations removal…the list goes on. Addressing these things before they become overwhelming is key for having an easy time planning your new life.
Moving can be a very expensive process, so it’s important to have a moving budget in place. Depending on the number of items you will bring to your new home, using moving businesses may or may not be included in your moving budget. Creating a list of your household items will help you determine what you need for your new home. For instance, if you own certain appliances or sporting equipment, you may need enough space to store them at your new location until they are unpacked and brought into use. Think about how much space each item takes up when storing it somewhere else.
Relocating To A New Location
If possible, visit the area where you’re headed before officially booking an apartment or house there. You’ll get an idea for the surrounding area and be able to better prepare yourself mentally and physically for what’s to come next. It’s a good idea to map out your new commute in advance so you have a better understanding of the kind of daily life you can expect when moving.
Hiring Moving Services
If you are looking for the best services, be sure to ask if they have insurance. Insurance is important because it covers liability and damage or loss of goods being moved. This way, your belongings will be covered in case of any damages. You should never hire a business if they do not carry this coverage. You also have to be careful about hidden charges since moving companies can charge more than estimated due to unforeseen problems.
Another thing to check on is what kind of pricing structure they have. Do they charge hourly rates? What are their fuel surcharges like? If your town doesn’t allow for trucks at certain times (due to street cleaning), will you still be charged? These kinds of charges could inflate the cost of your move. Compare at least three companies before deciding on a business to hire. Ask them for in-home quotes and get their pricing in writing. This will help you when it comes time to negotiate any hidden charges or add-ons because you have written documentation from each company about their services and costs. Keep in mind that long distance moving companies may offer different services than businesses that only help with local moves, so be sure to hire the right mover for the distance you need to go.
Safeguarding Your Belongings
Before moving day comes, it would be best to move any irreplaceable items that don’t add much value or weight into a safe space. This will keep them safe from being crushed during the process and increase their lifespan for years to come.
After safely storing these important memorabilia, it is important to consider what should stay and what should go. Depending on the size of your move, this may not always be possible; however, gathering up things like mementos, sentimental items, family heirlooms…etc. can be very beneficial for staying organized and keeping track of what you need to bring with you.
Before The Move
It is important to have enough moving boxes on hand before the actual day of your move. You will want to pack many gifts, fine china, other breakables, kitchen supplies, and serving ware first. Write clearly on each box about what is inside so nothing gets accidentally packed up in the wrong box by mistake during the process; this will also make things easier for unpacking once at your destination too.
After Finally Arriving At Your New Destination
Once your belongings are safely delivered into your new home, it is time to take a deep breath and relax. Everything is in its place and you can unpack at your own pace. It might be good to take a couple of moments throughout the unpacking process to plan out where certain items will go so they are easily accessible when needed.
Before moving, it’s best to set aside some time for packing up various belongings that will remain behind or need special attention during the move. You should also consider what items are most important to bring with you, making sure they all arrive safely on the target day. Moving can be an overwhelming process, but preparing yourself ahead of time using these simple steps can make things much easier overall.